Rockville, Maryland (PRWEB) September 04, 2014
“Consumers may take food integrity and safety for granted, without realizing there is an enormous effort ‘behind the scenes’ to ensure quality all along the supply chain, starting with ingredients having the proper identity and purity,” said Gabriel Giancaspro, Ph.D., vice-president for food ingredients, dietary supplements and herbal medicines at the United States Pharmacopeial Convention (USP).
To celebrate 20 years of the Food Safety Education Month, USP’s Quality Matters blog is showcasing a variety of articles, infographics and commentary from USP scientists about setting quality standards for food ingredients and how that applies to food integrity and safety.
Featured blog posts include:
Who’s Behind Food Safety?
Most people may not realize that it takes enormous effort from multiple stakeholders to keep their food "safe" on a daily basis. This article highlights the major players involved in maintaining a safe food supply in the United States.
A Conversation About Food Integrity
Food integrity means different things to different people. For consumers, their only question might be: "Is this food safe for me to eat?" For manufacturers, their concerns has to do with building and sustaining consumer trust. USP’s director of food ingredients, Markus Lipp, shares insights about USP’s role in maintaining food integrity.
What’s in your energy drink?
This posting explores issues related to popular “functional beverages,” encouraging manufacturers and consumers to get serious about ingredient accountability. USP senior scientific liaison Dr. Carla Mejia delves into this refreshing topic.
What You Should Know About Color Additives
Without color additives, margarine wouldn’t be yellow and colas wouldn’t be brown. This article sheds light on color additives, why they’re important, and how the FDA and quality standards in USP’s Food Chemicals Codex help to screen out harmful substances.
Additional blog posts about food safety and contamination, as well as a workshop for industry and regulators on chemical contaminants in foods are also part of USP’s ongoing efforts to raise awareness about food quality and integrity.
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USP – Global Expertise, Trusted Standards, Improved Health
The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) is a global health organization that improves lives through public standards and related programs that help ensure the quality, safety, and benefit of medicines and foods. USP’s standards are used worldwide. For more information about USP visit http://www.usp.org.